JRPG Catch-All

Garden Ninja wrote:

I need to get back to FFXIII. I think I still have a save file at the 25 hour mark, from like 2 years ago. Anyone have any thoughts on whether I should restart, vs pick up from where I left off? I could probably get through that early bit quicker, and a refresher wouldn't be terrible, but it is a lot of refresher...

Just jump back in. I recently did this with a save from June of 2011 that I walked away from at the 16-18 hour mark. It took me a dozen goes at it before I figured out the combat enough to not die to the random trash mobs, but after that it was (mostly) smooth sailing all the way to the 100 hour mark and platinum trophy. Long Guis are so much fun to take out.

Garden Ninja wrote:

Wow. Never thought about it that way. It's been a while, so I don't remember much, but I think it bugged me that the shops felt disconnected from everything. So maybe I need at least the trappings of a town? Shop in the middle of nowhere run by computer = blech; shop in MenuVille run by a non-interactive AI with a sunny disposition = good enough?

I think that makes sense. If I were the FFXIII designer I would have attempted some form of narrative justification for the menu based town, not just attached vending machines to already arbitrary save points.

SixteenBlue wrote:
Garden Ninja wrote:

Wow. Never thought about it that way. It's been a while, so I don't remember much, but I think it bugged me that the shops felt disconnected from everything. So maybe I need at least the trappings of a town? Shop in the middle of nowhere run by computer = blech; shop in MenuVille run by a non-interactive AI with a sunny disposition = good enough?

I think that makes sense. If I were the FFXIII designer I would have attempted some form of narrative justification for the menu based town, not just attached vending machines to already arbitrary save points.

It works fine in the populated areas of Cocoon where you'd expect to see public shopping terminals or something like that. It makes way less sense

Spoiler:

on Pulse, or even in the more utilitarian sections of Cocoon where random citizens aren't supposed to be

RoughneckGeek wrote:
Garden Ninja wrote:

I need to get back to FFXIII. I think I still have a save file at the 25 hour mark, from like 2 years ago. Anyone have any thoughts on whether I should restart, vs pick up from where I left off? I could probably get through that early bit quicker, and a refresher wouldn't be terrible, but it is a lot of refresher...

Just jump back in. I recently did this with a save from June of 2011 that I walked away from at the 16-18 hour mark. It took me a dozen goes at it before I figured out the combat enough to not die to the random trash mobs, but after that it was (mostly) smooth sailing all the way to the 100 hour mark and platinum trophy. Long Guis are so much fun to take out.

Thanks. That's probably what I'll do then. I sold my copy when I gave up on it before. The new copy I got from Trueheart and he sent the guide along with it, so that should help somewhat. It also has a really good journal, so reading through the story bits will help as well.

Speaking a page or so back about Trails in the Sky...

Falcom announced today that they're re-releasing the games for Windows 8 with optimization for low-end PCs. Maybe that'll make it easier for XSeed to localize those games, but who knows? All the same, I thought I'd pass that along.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Speaking a page or so back about Trails in the Sky...

Falcom announced today that they're re-releasing the games for Windows 8 with optimization for low-end PCs. Maybe that'll make it easier for XSeed to localize those games, but who knows? All the same, I thought I'd pass that along.

That's a shame since Win8 specific means it's only available to Win8 users which is still a small segment of the PC market.

Would love more Trails in the Sky.

Xseed has stock of the limited edition version of The Last Story, for those who (like me) have more money than sense and want to pay extra for the artbook. Also, according to the promotional email that alerted me to this:

If you order within the next ten minutes(*), you can choose a bonus item to be included with your purchase! Just click "Add special instructions to the seller" during Paypal checkout and tell us which item you'd like, choosing from anything that's currently being sold on the store for $5, or an item from this list of not-for-sale past goodies:

- Lunar: Silver Star Harmony Musical Selections CD
- The Last Story Musical Selections CD
- Ragnarok Odyssey Musical Selections CD
- Ragnarok Odyssey Mercenary Guide

Boring legal stuff:
- Valid only to residents of the United States
- Supplies of each item limited, only while supplies last
- All normal rules of our online store, such as $20 minimum purchase requirement, still apply
- "prettiest mercenary" is a subjective term and we make no guarantees that a 'Floppy Cat' hat will win you
the Midgard beauty pageant
- "ten minutes" in cheap infomercial time corresponds to 2 weeks real time
- Do not taunt 'Happy Fun Ball'

So maybe like me you didn't get The Last Story but all the positive talk on it turned you around... now you can get it with the art book and "musical selections CD" for $40.

http://www.xseedgames.com/store.php

Is the limited edition version of "The Last Story" getting rare? I own a regular copy already, but I know there is a limited edition sitting in the case at my local game store. If anyone wants me to do a surrogate purchase let me know.

The special edition of Last Story isn't bad. I wasn't terribly impressed with the music CD, it was short and while I really liked the theme or title song, the rest were a bit more meh. The art book was nice, and the packaging nice as well. I'd say it's worth it at $40. Of course, I haven't put more than 5 hours into the game, so THAT part I can't talk about too much....

Time and Eternity is finally confirmed for North America. Oddly enough it'll be $49.99, which makes me wonder if it'll be out right around the time of the new console launches. First English trailer - be warned, it's a little creepy Actually I'm taking it out, the narrator creeps me out too much. Hopefully the game doesn't have that sex-traveler vibe I get from him at the end. It's on youtube and at siliconera.com if you're looking to feel uncomfortable.

The other two games NIS announced are Disgaea Dimension 2: A Brighter Darkness and The Guided Fate Paradox, supposedly a spiritual successor to ZHP (PSP). All three are PS3 exclusives, which makes me feel better about my purchase in light of the PS4 announcement.

Blind_Evil wrote:

Actually I'm taking it out, the narrator creeps me out too much.

Aww...The narrator actually sounded like the voice actor from Goldenboy. However, I agree that it was a little creepy. The game actually seems like an interesting concept though.

You know, I really thought you were over-reacting. It can't be that bad, I thought.

The f*ck.

Actually I'm not sure I love the visual style of the game either. Combat looks like weirdly animated cels on a static background? It almost has a laserdisc kind of feel to it.

necroyeti wrote:

You know, I really thought you were over-reacting. It can't be that bad, I thought.

The f*ck.

Actually I'm not sure I love the visual style of the game either. Combat looks like weirdly animated cels on a static background? It almost has a laserdisc kind of feel to it.

Narrator -> Creepy.

Not sure I like the visual design in the gameplay aspects. It looks almost like they're actors in front of a green screen.

Question: I was looking at the Atelier series, which I've never played. They sound like a Harvest Moon + dungeon grind, which actually sounds like something I might really like. Are they worth playing, and which would be a good one to start on? Thanks!

Actually I'm taking it out, the narrator creeps me out too much. Hopefully the game doesn't have that sex-traveler vibe I get from him at the end. It's on youtube and at siliconera.com if you're looking to feel uncomfortable.

ROFL that's totally the wrong narrator tone (he sounds like he should be selling beer), and a script written like it was the early 90's. OMG>

Even though this is in Japanese, it's a much better trailer:

Blind_Evil wrote:

Time and Eternity is finally confirmed for North America.

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DrunkenSleipnir wrote:

Question: I was looking at the Atelier series, which I've never played. They sound like a Harvest Moon + dungeon grind, which actually sounds like something I might really like. Are they worth playing, and which would be a good one to start on? Thanks!

I haven't played any of the Atelier games, so I won't be much help, but have you tried the Rune Factory series? They're literally Harvest Moon plus dungeon grind (same developer) and are wonderful.

Let's ignore that trailer and focus on Disgaea D2.

Laharl’s sister shows up and Laharl… turns into a girl?

Uh...

ClockworkHouse wrote:
DrunkenSleipnir wrote:

Question: I was looking at the Atelier series, which I've never played. They sound like a Harvest Moon + dungeon grind, which actually sounds like something I might really like. Are they worth playing, and which would be a good one to start on? Thanks!

I haven't played any of the Atelier games, so I won't be much help, but have you tried the Rune Factory series? They're literally Harvest Moon plus dungeon grind (same developer) and are wonderful.

Let me second this. I have never been able to get back to harvest moon after run factory. It's got everything harvest moon has plus dungeon crawling and a fairly good crafting system. The only strange thing is after a certain point you can basically forget the farming mostly. Great series of games.

Citizen86 wrote:

The special edition of Last Story isn't bad. I wasn't terribly impressed with the music CD, it was short and while I really liked the theme or title song, the rest were a bit more meh. The art book was nice, and the packaging nice as well. I'd say it's worth it at $40. Of course, I haven't put more than 5 hours into the game, so THAT part I can't talk about too much....

I thought that I got the special edition, but I don't think mine came with a music CD unless it was hidden somewhere in the packaging... I have the art book.

Overworld exploration in Shin Megami Tensei IV:

I really like the look of some of those environments.

Oooooo, yeah--I likey!

Also, I freaking want that costume shown at :20 for the whole game.

Looks like a more interesting version .hack's dungeon and overworld.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Overworld exploration in Shin Megami Tensei IV:

I really like the look of some of those environments.

I hope that's not the final music. I really dug the random J-pop stuff from the first games.

kazooka wrote:

I hope that's not the final music. I really dug the random J-pop stuff from the first games.

The Super Famicom games?

But seriously, it should be noted that Persona (which I assume you're talking about) is an off-shoot of Shin Megami Tensei. You shouldn't look at SMT IV like it'll be a sequel to P4. Also, the music for SMT IV is being primarily composed by someone else (Ryoto Kozuka vs. Shoji Meguro).

Was there J-pop in Nocturne? That one was a proper SMT (3).

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Was there J-pop in Nocturne? That one was a proper SMT (3).

Nope, not a bit as far as I can tell (never did finish that one, ought to go back to it...).

Blind_Evil wrote:
kazooka wrote:

I hope that's not the final music. I really dug the random J-pop stuff from the first games.

The Super Famicom games?

But seriously, it should be noted that Persona (which I assume you're talking about) is an off-shoot of Shin Megami Tensei. You shouldn't look at SMT IV like it'll be a sequel to P4. Also, the music for SMT IV is being primarily composed by someone else (Ryoto Kozuka vs. Shoji Meguro).

Yeah, my mistake, I was thinking it was a Persona sequel, not a SMT sequel.

Closing in on Etrian Odyssey IV time.

As usual, I'm getting pulled in about 300 different directions on party. My usual strategy is to have access to as many buffs/deubffs/etc. as humanly possible (which would be Moonlander/Fortress; Sniper/Nightseeker/Medic to start, swapping in a Mystic later when they become available)... but I always feel tempted to try raw damage too, even though I never do. Maybe I will this time though.. they actually threw the higher damage classes (Moonlander, Runecaster) some decent utility/support stuff too this time so that they aren't entirely mono-directional.

So many choices...

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